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Businesses Appeal For Rate Review

Wednesday June 12 2013


Still a construction site: Town Hall Still a construction site: Town Hall


BUSINESSES around Barnsley's Market Hill have appealed against their rates - because of disruption caused by the Town Hall development.

Leeds-based business rate surveyor Steven Simon is working with fashion store Pollyanna and hair salon Russell Eaton to get a business rate review.

Along with Gallery Menswear in the Arcade, the businesses say the loss of short stay parking has hit their trade.

Pollyanna owner Rita Britton said an elderly couple in their 80s, who travelled to her shop from Sheffield, had struggled to park.

She said: "He went to fetch the car to pick her up and it took him 20 minutes to navigate his way back. What I will never know is if they will come back."

Ms Britton applauded the council for developing the gardens and installing the sculpture but said: "Let's have a look at Barnsley business rates. Our big competition in this town is Meadowhall and if you don't make parking very easy people will head down the motorway."

Yasin Mir, who manages Gallery Menswear, said footfall had plummeted 50 per cent in six months - yet his business rates had risen to over £12,000 a year.

He blamed this on relocation of the council offices, town centre construction work and loss of parking.

He said: "Peel Street, Regent Street, the market and the Alhambra all have their own parking but where's the parking for Market Hill? It's no good saying our customers could park at Lidl - ours is a completely different type of customer."

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Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 13:46
Great stuff, time for businesses to stick together and give the bully boy council a reality check.

If Pollyanna and Russell Eatons are complaining you know something must be wrong, they are two of Barnsleys longest and most successful independant shops.

Reply Posted by Cian O'Carroll MRICS on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 15:31
As a Chartered Surveyor specialising in Business Rates, I obviously have quite an interest in this article. I am currently advising a number of major occupiers with regards to appeals against their assessments due to the ongoing road works around Wickes.

What I would say is that if a business is going to appeal against their RV, beware that assessments can be increased if the Valuation Officer feels that the RV is too low. It is therefore very important to take professional advice BEFORE an appeal is lodged. Several times in the past I have been contacted by rate payers saying that they have appealed, the RV has increased and can I get it reduced. The Valuation Officer is there to get the value correct, not to reduce it in your favour - they don't work for you.

There are also a lot of firms who claim to be experts in this field whereas in reality they are anything but.

Reply Posted by melanie on Friday June 14 2013 at 14:43
And what's wrong with being a Lidl customer?..The owner of Gallery menswear shouldnt be so picky. Any customers are good ones.

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Friday June 14 2013 at 16:32
Melanie, he's not having a go, he's saying that his customers are different. Lidl is a supermarket - gallery a clothes shop. You don't see a load of young trendy kids in Lidl the same as you don't see a grandma picking up her shopping in gallery.